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Definition of "yank" []

  • To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk: yanked the emergency cord. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To extract or remove abruptly: yanked the starting pitcher early in the game. (verb-transitive)
  • To pull on something suddenly. See Synonyms at jerk1. (verb-intransitive)
  • A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "yank" in a sentence
  • "It was one of the harder commands for me to learn because the word yank didn't say anything to me."
  • "I hate the term "yank" - it is no longer appropriate if it ever was."
  • "Stopping the milk as she did was a good call, to coin a yank phrase, as it was a waste of money, because the older kids weren't drinking it."